Gwinnett County Public Schools to close Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Irma

Gwinnett County Public Schools to close Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Irma

After leaving millions without power across the state of Florida, the storm's winds have felled trees and power lines across Georgia.

The Keys felt Irma's full fury when the storm blew ashore as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning with 130 miles per hour winds.

U.S. state officials and utilities said outages were in power & light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of Florida, Reuters reported. More than 5.8 million residents across the state were waking up Monday to no electricity.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the Navy has deployed the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with search and rescue amid reports of devastation in the hurricane-battered Keys.

Officials were still trying to fully assess the situation in Florida early Monday, AP said.

"As the storm approaches from the south, places like Tampa and Port Charlotte are getting strong winds out of the northeast", CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said of the phenomenon. The second one, in Marco Island, left the island without water and power, authorities said.

Florida does not have crude oil refineries and relies on petroleum products delivered by tanker and barge to Florida ports, including Port Tampa Bay, which was closed during the storm.

"Our command center here is running and very much hopping as we support both Houston and Florida", Holmes said.

While the winds were impressive, the storm surge was incredible, too!

Spokesman Stephen Holmes says the home improvement store is now restocking empty shelves in disaster areas.

Homes destroyed: About a dozen homes were hit by trees and destroyed in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, according to an initial assessment by county officials.

More and more stories of rescue efforts during Hurricane Irma have begun to surface. If there's any flooding we've got to let that water go down.

While some coastal communities breathed a sigh of relief, people in Jacksonville faced flash flooding on Monday. Flood levels along the river in downtown Jacksonville had already surpassed previous highs recorded in 1864.

Parts of downtown Miami were flooded, and waist-deep water threatened businesses.

Most Keys residents had followed mandatory evacuation orders, but there were some holdouts who had to hunker down as Irma tore over the area known for its fishing and scuba diving. U.S. Route 1, the only way in or out of the Keys, is shut down while crews examine roads and bridges to make sure they are safe for passage.

"I got the walls up ... going to have to rebuild it", he told Qujano.



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